Momma Told Me: @NoCleanAquarium Betta Fish Tank Review + Giveaway ~ 7/6

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

@NoCleanAquarium Betta Fish Tank Review + Giveaway ~ 7/6

***I was provided a No Clean Self Cleaning Betta Aquarium Tank and IllumaFlex LED  for the purpose of this feature. Regardless, all photos and opinions contained there in are property of Momma Told Me Blog 2013.
**Click to wander on over to our guide for first time Betta owners, and Betta shopping experience, post.
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A few days back I announced that our family had grown by one blue and red Halfmoon Male Betta fish. My love for animals has not lessened much since childhood. Much like Sabrina (10), today, I would always insist on stopping in at every pet store we passed while out running errands. I'd literally drag Momma in, taking my time to pay special attention to each and every species of unique pet. With the exception of birds, I'd make an argument for adoption with each step. Of course the fluffy animals were the biggest temptation, but I didn't discriminate against those with scales either. For years, growing up, I'd longingly stare into the giant wall of tanks at our nearby megolo-pet-store,hands outstretched and little pig nose pressed up against the glass. In and out, my breath would create little clouds of humid fog; back and forth my wide eyes would move with the swimming fish.
Self Cleaning Fish Tank
Year after year I'd watch my friends come home from the county fair with a little round baggie full of water and a colorful Betta fish darting back and forth. I'd go to the neighbor's house and watch the punchy little black Goldies, and to Grandma's where their backyard pool had been converted into a sanctuary for Koi. To me, it seemed fish were the simplest pet to care for; to Momma it was a cleaning and logistics nightmare only overshadowed by the thought of a cage and a rodent. Confident I'd never adequately keep the tank clean, she denied my requests for a Betta throughout my childhood. The result was an adult me, completely terrified of the dubious chores involved with owning a fish. For all like my former self, I am here to tell you we have made the Betta tank plunge and it couldn't be simpler to add and care for a new colorful family member. Considered a one of a kind innovation in it's industry, the Self-Cleaning Betta Aquarium by No Clean Aquariums is revolutionizing childhood first pets. Not only do these nature inspired tanks operate free of electricity or pumps, but their naturally filtering water system encourages less hands on care, which extends the life of your finned friend.
I'll admit, before I knew the Self-Cleaning Betta Tank was, well, self cleaning, I was in love with it's modern skyscraper design and sturdy build. I carried this half gallon tank, empty of course, into our local pet store to pick up our new family member and received plenty of excited inquiries. All of the employees in the aquatic department marveled at the unique Self-Cleaning concept. Then, the following week, when we returned for dog treats, the associate who had previously helped us re-approached us with some excitement, "I was just doing some research about new Betta tanks the other night and I saw your tank! That is so cool how it filters naturally with each water change- I'm going to recommend this to all of my customers!" Currently sold exclusively online, I'm expecting to see this revolutionary tank system sold in major pet chains soon, with all the buzz in our humble town!
The Self-Cleaning Betta Aquarium has thick 3/16" glass walls, and stands at near a foot tall. Basic assembly instructions are provided and starter elements, such as an LED light and NCA approved stones are also offered as add-ons. When you first receive you tank be sure to give ti a good soap free rinse, and prepare your filtered water with approved Betta drops. The water should sit out at room temperate for a few hours before introducing your new fish, so it's important to do this step before beginning to assemble your Self-Cleaning Aquarium. Next, insert the copper spout into the designated rubber O-ring, and clear spout tube into the external end of the Spout. Fold the clear plastic net insert into the tank so it rests atop the already inserted plastic reservoir. There is a small plastic screw that will help align the draining tube, a square cutout in the net-like reservoir to guide it in place. Insert the plastic draining tube into the rubber grommet cavity, leading to the copper spout, and align the bottom of the tube with the central reservoir cavity. Next, you may add the appropriate rocks, decorations, and plants; paying special consideration to create a floor that will allow for microscopic filtration, without providing small spaces for your fish to get stuck.
Our Self-Cleaning Betta Tank included a No Clean patented Illuma-Flex LED light system, in clear. Color changing Illuma-Flex systems are also sold for a nominal additional charge. As Bettas require a natural light cycle, and their tanks should be kept out of direct light to discourage algae growth, an LED light system is prudent for the happiness of your fish. Adding a light source to your tank will also serve to enhance ambiance in your home or office setting. The Illuma-Flex includes two fastening suction cups, to guide the bending coil base along the side of your aquarium, and prop it up fro overhead lighting. At the base of Illuma-Flex is a USB connector that attached to an included extender to plug directly into a USB power source (computer, tablet, etc), or for use with the included optional SC adapter. Because of the bend-ability of the light's base, it is easy to bend the light back for feeding and cleaning, requiring minimal disturbance and handling. The Illuma-Flex is surprisingly bright, and adds wonderful ambiance to our living room, where the self-cleaning tank is currently housed on a central cabinet.
Self Cleaning Betta Tank
So how about that 'No Cleaning'? It is suggested that a half gallon Betta tank have the water changed once a week, or more often depending on visible water clarity and quantity of living plant life. Changing the water in our Self-Cleaning Betta Aquarium is as simple as preparing the replacement water with Betta drops, and to room temperature. Next, I place a standard drinking glass beneath the drain spout, against the tank's side. Slowly I pour the fresh filtered water into the tank, careful not to disturb the plant life with a fast pour, and just the right speed to allow the water on the bottom reservoir to be forced up the drainage tube at a steady speed. Remarkably, all of the waste collected at the bottom, beneath our rock basin is propelled up the tube and out the spout into the glass below. Not only can I see the waste at the bottom of the tank, prior to cleaning, but I can see it in the collecting glass when I am done. Our Betta (named Gary) is only disturbed with the movement of water, and never needs to leave the tank itself. This minimizes my time, and increases his chances of thriving in a healthy environment, without human disturbance. Waste water can also be collected as fertilizer for household plants.
Halfmoon Betta Male
Because it is so simple to refresh your fish's water, it is recommended that the tank can be cleaned as often as once a day. General Betta care dictates a minimum of once a week cleaning, and I have been trying to process filtered water, and a minimum half tank water exchange every 2-3 days. When there is so little to be done for proper tank maintenance, there is no reason not to provide our Betta with the freshest water possible. No Clean Aquariums hope to release other size and models of tanks in the near future, and are actively collecting feedback and suggestions on how to improve the existing Betta half gallon tank model. So far our Self-Cleaning Betta Tank has been adored by family and guests alike. I love that the tall tank design is space saving, and also sturdy against curious feline admirers (and boy does Truffles spend enough hours a day transfixed by our new fish!) The Self-Cleaning Betta tank is so simple pet lovers of any age can maintain a healthy and happy environment for their fish!

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47 comments:

Tammy S said...

I learned that you should put fresh conditioned water into the aquarium daily. Oh oh! I have only been changing our once a week.

jeremy patesel said...

A self cleaning tank? That is pretty sweet. That was always the biggest reason why I never had fish... I knew I couldn't trust myself to clean it. Now it's so much easier!

Ina Vanderhorst Valette said...

I didn't know they raise to the surface to get oxygen wow!

polly said...

I learned you should never put 2 Beta fish in the same aquarium because they fight

Janet W. said...

I learned that you shouldn't put two Betas in the same tank. Instead, you could put one in each tank next to each other to watch the action!

Mary Somerville said...

I learned that a Betta can go a few days without eating, and a little food can go a long way.

Kimberly said...

Perfect for the office because they don't eat a lot and can go the weekend with pellets.

CAMWinters said...

Beta fish are also called fighting fish.

Shaiha said...

I learned that the half gallon tank is sufficient because it is so easy to keep clean.

Nicole said...

They are amazingly low maintenance pets that I do not have to worry about leaving for a weekend.

Cinny Bbs said...

much less work than having two dogs! LOL!

MoonRae said...

The half gallon tank is fine for the bettas, it's the quality not the quantity of water that's most important!
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Darlene said...

I learned that All you need besides the aquarium are a substrate (rocks / gems), a fish, small net, water conditioner, Betta food (pellets), and a plant (live or artificial).

Bethany C. said...

I learned betta fish are also called fighting fish.

Dorothy Teel said...

I learned that you should never put two betas together as they are called fighting fish for a reason and to avoid direct sunlight to bowl as it induces algae growth in the tank

lilsnobelle said...

Water quality is critical and you pour fresh conditioned water in daily.

Amanda T said...

I learned that Beta Fish can go days without eating, and that a little bit of food for them goes a long way, so you have to be careful not to over feed.

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Carrie Phelps said...

I learned that water quality is the key to the Betta’s health.

debra pauley said...

I learned that you should put fresh conditioned water into the aquarium daily.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

Betta's cost between $4-17, should never be put in the same aquarium, and thrive on new water daily

deb c said...

I learned that you never put two Betta fish in the same aquarium. They are fighting fish.

Larissa said...

Beta fish can go a few days without eating.

Moggie said...

I learned it should only be used for Bettas because they require very little space.

Samantha D. said...

I learned that you can use live or faux plants inside the aquarium. Plus it needs very little in the way of supplies and care for that matter. So it's great for people who want a fish buddy but doesn't want the ton of maintenance that goes with fish ownership.

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

Learned you can reuse the old water to water your plants with the organics of the dirty water

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Mer said...

I learned that bettas should go in separate tanks.

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

You can feed them live food as a treat!

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Rhiannon said...

Feed Beta live fish for a treat. I had never thought about it before when I had beta.

Notlaw22 said...

One Betta fish per aquarium

Notlaw22 said...

One Betta fish per aquarium

Darlene Ysaguirre said...

Water quality is the key to your Betta’s health. Therefore, they recommend pouring fresh, conditioned water into the aquarium daily.

Wendi S said...

I learned it is true and not a wives tale the beta fish cannot be put together or they will fight.

Stephanie said...

I learned that The aquarium is eco-friendly and uses no electricity or filters so there are no running costs. Waste water is neatly collected in a cup for easy recycling as organic fertilizer for your plants.
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Elaine said...

I learned that a Betta Fish can go a few days without eating, and a little food can go a long way.

dfraley3 said...

I learned that Betta fish are the ones I've been looking at -- but didn't know their name. Also that you can't put two of them together -- you can put them in separate aquariums side by side but don't keep them like that cause it stresses them.

Kristen said...

I learned that it's okay to put live plants in the aquarium.

Kristen said...

I learned that it's okay to put live plants in the aquarium.

Terra H. said...

I learned that the aquarium should only be used with Betta fish. Most other types of fish require filtration and more space. Thanks.
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shana said...

I learned that With fighting fish a little food goes a long way.

tannawings said...

Betta fish dont need to eat much and live food can be used for a treat.

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courtney erickson said...

i learned that you can give your betta a live food as a treat. i don't know why that hadn't occured to me. betta fish are pretty awesome!

shirley said...

If possible, let clean water sit out for 24 before adding to the aquarium.

petproductsbyroyal said...

Incredibly awesome looking aquarium. The no clean part is an extra cool bonus!

Matthew Zell said...

Great set-up, you'll never had a long time process of cleaning, enthusiast carrying a fish is not simple, in addition; carrying a fish is really need focus of attention.

Daven Salinas said...
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Daven Salinas said...

i have over 50 bettas myself, i wish there was tank like this to house multiples! and bigger than a mere 1/2 gallon also, at LEAST one gallon would suffice imo

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